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Hire A Professional Organizer – 10 Questions to Ask First

Many people ask me what kind of questions they should be asking a professional organizer. Here are my top 10.

  1. house_number10_large+1Ask for references and be sure to check them.
  2. Find out their professional involvement. I believe you should hire someone committed to their profession and continued education.
  3. Determine what your investment will be up front by asking how they charge. Some organizers charge by the hour, others may charge by the project.
  4. Ask the organizer if he/she specializes in any particular area of organizing (technology, chronic disorganization, closets, etc.).
  5. You probably want to work with someone experienced, so ask how long he/she has been in business and if she is a Certified Professional Organizer®.
  6. Ask if you will be working with the person you are speaking to or if you will be working with an employee or subcontractor.
  7. Determine if he/she has a minimum number of hours or if you are obligated by a contract.
  8. Every organizer works differently, so ask how he/she will approach your unique situation and what the process entails.
  9. Ask him/her to describe her typical organizing project and client. Does the description sound like your situation and what you need?
  10. Finally, if you’ve tried getting organized before, ask why he/she thinks his/her service will be a better fit for your circumstance.

Your professional organizer and you are a team. An organizer cannot perform effective services for you unless he/she knows what is important in your home or office and how that space functions. It’s in your best interest to find someone who shares your views. Base your final decision on a professional organizer who has the expertise, skill set, and personality which best suits you to help you achieve your goals.

Good luck!


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Certified Professional Organizer®, Scott Roewer is founder of The Organizing Agency, a professional organization and productivity company devoted to teaching residential and business clients how to increase productivity, save money, and how to live a more organized and abundant life.

An award winning company, in 2013, The Organizing Agency was once again awarded the Angie’s List Super Service award, in 2012 the National Association of Professional Organizers recognized Scott with its top honor, the Founders’ Award, and later the same year, the U.S. Air Force commended his volunteerism, naming him Joint Base Andrews “Hometown Hero.” For more information on Scott’s team and how they can help you, contact the office online or call us directly at 202-249-8330.



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